Ever dreamed of being your own boss? The Pharr Literacy Project can help with a free six-week program designed to help individuals in starting a small or home-based business called Start-Up Pharr.
Although classes have already begun, there is still time to enroll. Classes are held Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Pharr Cultural arts Center at 203 W. Park Ave. Start-Up Pharr is sponsored by the Pharr Literacy Project, the City of Pharr, Pharr Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas-Pan American. The program consists of three levels. Level 1 is a Start-Up Overview that provides a foundation and support system for the next two levels of study. Students will develop business skills and learn about business locations, financial literacy, zoning and permits and how to apply for loans and start-up grants.
Only students who successfully complete Level 1 may enroll in Level 2. The second level of the program will pair students with retired business owners as mentors who can assist them in the completion of their business plan and financing options. Level 3 will guide these entrepreneurs through the process of small business ownership and help them achieve their goals. Some of the types of businesses that will be featured include, but are not limited to, computer repair, arts and crafts, retail shops, dance instruction, and lawn services.
Other business and job development courses offered for adults during the summer session include, GED, ESL at all levels, English Immersion, Retail Sales and Management paired with a Resale Store/Boutique and Job Experience Lab. Introduction to Computers, and Computer Technology classes will be available during fall quarter, beginning in September.
Classes are free, although students are expected to provide 10 hours of volunteer service during the quarter for each class registration.
For more information, contact the Pharr Literacy at (956) 783-7746 or register for classes in person during office hours of 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pharr Cultural arts Center, 203 W. Park Ave. in downtown Pharr.